Hartlepool MP calls on David Cameron to support steel industry after SSI bombshell

Iain Wright
Iain Wright

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright says Prime Minister David Cameron needs to do more to help the country’s steelmaking industry after 1,700 workers were laid off on Teesside.

Mr Wright said the mothballing of the SSI plant at Redcar affects the whole region, including Hartlepool, and several other industries that use British steel.

He said: “Although the closure of the plant will hit Redcar hardest, people in our town are directly affected too.

“This is a significant matter, it is about whether our country thinks that a UK steel industry is important.”

The Redcar plant closure has been blamed on a slowdown in the economy in China, one of the biggest importers of local steel.

Mr Wright added: “The global steel industry has many challenges, but other countries recognise the significance of steel as a means of employing skilled workers as well as providing a competitive foundation for many parts of the manufacturing supply chain.

“British excellence in aerospace, automotive and construction is recognised around the world, but this Government needs to recognise the steel industry’s importance to providing high quality products for those industries.

“David Cameron said earlier this month that the Government would do “everything we can” to support the UK steel industry.

“I think he needs to deliver on that now for the people who have lost their jobs this week in Redcar, as well as for the competitiveness of British manufacturing in the future.”